Difference between Primary Education Studies and Education Studies Watch

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Could someone please explain the difference?

Basically, I know that if you study Primary Education then you get a degree in that. However, if you pick Education Studies then you can go on to study a Postgraduate in either Secondary or Primary. Is there anything else I should be aware of?
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I would have said that Primary Studies is more specialised as opposed to Education Studies which seems more general.

Do you have any courses that you're looking at in general? I can have a look at the general structure for you?
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Primary Education courses will be geared towards becoming a primary teacher - they will likely have practical elements (i.e. school placements). They are vocational.

Education Studies courses are academic - they do not give Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and are not designed towards becoming a teacher, hence why you have to do something like a PGCE afterwards if you wanted to become one.
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Thanks guys!

I have applied for Primary Education, but recently I have decided that this may not be the best choice for me because I might not like being a Primary school teacher so I would have to undertake another 3/4 years of university to become a secondary teacher. So, I thought that maybe Education Studies would be the more suitable route?
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(Original post by Josh_Bowskill)
Thanks guys!

I have applied for Primary Education, but recently I have decided that this may not be the best choice for me because I might not like being a Primary school teacher so I would have to undertake another 3/4 years of university to become a secondary teacher. So, I thought that maybe Education Studies would be the more suitable route?
Education Studies on it's own (i.e. not a joint honours) doesn't set you up ideally for secondary teaching - doing a degree in your specialist subject is probably preferable.
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I found that Education Studies didn't suit me because it didn't really set me up for being a primary teacher - I would've had to go on and do more training because it seems to be more general. A Primary Ed course will hopefully leave you with QTS, so it's generally people who want to go straight into teaching in a primary school.
It depends what you want to do really! If you want to be a Secondary teacher, you might want to look at doing a degree in a subject and then going on to do a PGCE, so that you have your specialist subject (as someone else mentioned)
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(Original post by Josh_Bowskill)
Thanks guys!

I have applied for Primary Education, but recently I have decided that this may not be the best choice for me because I might not like being a Primary school teacher so I would have to undertake another 3/4 years of university to become a secondary teacher. So, I thought that maybe Education Studies would be the more suitable route?
No because you have to do a degree with 50% of the content in the subject you want to teach for secondary level
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